Imagine an alternate universe where the Star Wars movies were released in chronological order - where Episodes I to III were the original, beloved trilogy. How would the internet have reacted to the film that followed?
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker was released in 2019. The response to the movie was decidedly mixed, with many fans proclaiming it the worst Star Wars ever made.
Mind you, they said the same thing about The Last Jedi. And The Force Awakens. And all of the prequels. In fact, the last Star Wars film these naysayers seemed to have enjoyed was The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.
There are two possible explanations here. Either every Star Wars movie post-Empire is worthless trash, or the modern fan base is impossible to please. We're leaning heavily towards the latter.
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is finally out and in a twist that will surprise no one, it's getting dragged. From those who fail to see the correlation between the films they loved as kids and nostalgia, to people angry at The Last Jedi being discarded - it's been a lot.
If Episode IV had been released after Revenge Of The Sith, we suspect the online response would look something like this...
Fair enough on that last one, really.
This article was originally published 31/12/19.